John Rawls

1921 - 2002

John Rawls

John Bordley Rawls (; February 21, 1921 – November 24, 2002) was an American moral and political philosopher in the liberal tradition. Rawls received both the Schock Prize for Logic and Philosophy and the National Humanities Medal in 1999, the latter presented by President Bill Clinton, in recognition of how Rawls' work "helped a whole generation of learned Americans revive their faith in democracy itself."In 1990, Will Kymlicka wrote in his introduction to the field that "it is generally accepted that the recent rebirth of normative political philosophy began with the publication of John Rawls's A Theory of Justice in 1971." Rawls has often been described as one of the most influential political philosophers of the 20th century. He has the unusual distinction among contemporary political philosophers of being frequently cited by the courts of law in the United States and Canada and referred to by practising politicians in the United States and the United Kingdom.Rawls's theory of "justice as fairness" recommends equal basic rights, equality of opportunity, and promoting the interests of the least advantaged members of society. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of John Rawls has received more than 1,613,140 page views. His biography is available in 61 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 126th most popular philosopher.

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Among philosophers, John Rawls ranks 124 out of 1,005Before him are Emil Cioran, Oswald Spengler, Ramon Llull, Duns Scotus, Rudolf Christoph Eucken, and Eusebius. After him are Count of St. Germain, Mozi, Marsilio Ficino, Martin Buber, Henri de Saint-Simon, and Giambattista Vico.

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Among people born in 1921, John Rawls ranks 7Before him are Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Alexander Dubček, Charles Bronson, Astor Piazzolla, Andrei Sakharov, and Stanisław Lem. After him are Suharto, Jean-Bédel Bokassa, Yves Montand, Michael I of Romania, Fawzia Fuad of Egypt, and Joseph Beuys. Among people deceased in 2002, John Rawls ranks 8Before him are Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, Pierre Bourdieu, Simo Häyhä, Thor Heyerdahl, Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, and Hans-Georg Gadamer. After him are Billy Wilder, Traudl Junge, László Kubala, Vavá, Niki de Saint Phalle, and Prince Claus of the Netherlands.

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Among people born in United States, John Rawls ranks 159 out of 12,171Before him are Brad Pitt (1963), Jon Voight (1938), Robert F. Kennedy (1925), Humphrey Bogart (1899), Gene Cernan (1934), and Walt Whitman (1819). After him are Steve McQueen (1930), James Monroe (1758), Brigham Young (1801), Henry David Thoreau (1817), John Travolta (1954), and Gregory Peck (1916).

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Among philosophers born in United States, John Rawls ranks 1After him are George Herbert Mead (1863), John Searle (1932), Robert Nozick (1938), Hilary Putnam (1926), Anne Sullivan (1866), Judith Butler (1956), Richard Rorty (1931), Ronald Dworkin (1931), Daniel Dennett (1942), Willard Van Orman Quine (1908), and Nelson Goodman (1906).

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